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FlightAware and Aireon’s GlobalBeacon Product To Test Real-Time Global Aircraft Tracking

Beginning in November 2018, Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry (WEMMH) client FlightAware, along with Aireon, will utilize their revolutionary GlobalBeacon product to test real-time […]

Jun 19, 2018  •  Continue reading >

Indiana Super Lawyers Honors Four Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP Partners

Four partners from Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP have been named to the 2018 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The following […]

Feb 21, 2018  •  Continue reading >

Woodard Emhardt Attorneys Recognized by 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers

We are pleased to announce that Woodard, Emhardt partners Thomas Henry, Spiro Bereveskos and Daniel Lueders have been named Super Lawyers for 2017. Additionally, Woodard, […]

Feb 22, 2017  •  Continue reading >

USPTO Updates Examiner Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility – Section 101

The last update to the USPTO’s guidance to examiners on patent subject matter eligibility was issued in July of 2015. The USPTO recently provided the […]

May 20, 2016  •  Continue reading >

Woodard Emhardt Obtains Dismissal of Trademark Infringement Complaint

Judge Stivers of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky recently ordered that a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against operators of historical […]

May 19, 2016  •  Continue reading >

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William A. McKenna


Bill concentrates his practice on the litigation of intellectual property issues. Bill also focuses on the procurement and strategic development of patent portfolios for technology startup companies, and assists them with protection strategies for core intellectual property assets and clearance of products to avoid the intellectual property of others. Bill is currently a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Bill has experience in all phases of intellectual property litigation throughout the United States, in many popular forums including the Eastern District of Texas and the Federal Circuit. In 2012, Bill was named a Rising Star in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers.

Bill has a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bill was a software engineer in hardware and product development for Pinnacle Systems. While in school, Bill also served as a network engineer to Cisco Systems. He currently lives in Fishers with his wife Krista, sons Liam and Brendan, and is an avid golfer.


  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    B.S., Computer Science and Mathematics , 2002
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law
    J.D., 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2005
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2009
  • Federal Circuit, 2011

Representative Experience

Bill represents clients regularly in matters involving software, electrical, and mechanical arts including computer telephony, complex electrical circuitry, robotic navigation, aviation tracking, medical monitoring, and mobile devices.

RaceTech v. Exacta Systems
Obtained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal finding all three asserted patents directed to historical horse racing as unpatentable subject matter under 35 USC 101 in Kentucky and subsequent affirmance by the Federal Circuit.

Oaklawn et al v. Exacta Systems
Defeated motion for preliminary injunction and obtained early dismissal of trademark infringement and unfair competition claims based upon the display of a race track’s name as the location of a historical horse race and subsequent affirmance by the 6th Circuit.

Ingersoll Rand v. Crayon Interface
Lead counsel in Indiana case defending software company against its corporate product development partner. Case settled on favorable terms.

Sabasta v. Buckaroos
Second chair in Southern District of Iowa obtaining summary judgment of inequitable conduct on behalf of Defendant in the building products manufacturing business accused of patent infringement.

Microlog v. Continental Airlines et al
Second chair in Eastern District of Texas defending case involving call center software and systems. Case settled on favorable terms.

Matthews v. BioSafe
Appeal to the Federal Circuit affirming dismissal based on lack of jurisdiction for declaratory judgment action.

Arrival Star v. LHP Telematics
Lead counsel in Northern District of Illinois case defending product tracking manufacturer against patent infringement claim. Case settled on favorable terms.

AMS v. Bear Archery
Second Chair in a Western District of Wisconsin case obtaining summary judgment of non-infringing with respect to an arrow attachment device for use in bow fishing.

Professional Affiliations

Indiana State Bar Association

Indianapolis Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association

Association for Computing Machinery

American Society for the Communication of Mathematics

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

Periodic Presenter, “Continuing Education for Professional Engineers”, organized by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Presenter, Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP "IP Litigation Summit," Indianapolis

Guest lecturer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, “IP Law for Engineers”

Guest lecturer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, “Business Law”

Community Involvement

Organizer, The BLS Open for the Indianapolis First Tee®

Chairman of the 2015 Lawyer Links Classic benefitting the Indianapolis Bar Foundation


Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation, 2012-2017

Graduate, Indianapolis Bar Leader Series, Class IX 2012

Recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2008